The highest grass on Earth…grows a meter per day…heavily used in the production of furniture, buildings, clothes, bed sheets, cosmetics…panda’s favourite food…and many more. It looks like everything can be made of bamboo…from a house to a pillow. This little gem plant caught my attention this week and I decided to dig deep and reveal the healthy benefits of bamboo and how we can take advantage of this good grass.
In the East, people believe that the plant represents the path toward the sky and knowledge. With bamboo knives people used to cut baby’s umbilical cord, along with leaving bamboo sticks in people’s coffins. The plant is considered a symbol of health, longevity, agility and honesty. Bamboo bents, but never break. People believe in its miraculous power and energy giving properties – it grows high as it acts as a bridge between the sky and the earth. Bamboo also diverts evil and is believed to protect the whole family from troubles.However, bamboo also fights dry and damaged hair. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B, calcium, iron, cellulose, silicon and protein. It is widely used in hair cosmetics as it hydrates and softens the scalp. Due to its protein content, it helps maintain hair’s own moisture, repairing damaged cells. Bamboo also stimulates the production of collagen, making the hair look healthier, softer with a nice volume texture. It enhances the cleaning of the scalp as the protein, silicon and natural occurring oils penetrate underneath to recover the level of mineral salts that give elasticity and strength to even the most damaged hair. Bamboo hair therapies are very popular in the beauty saloons today so make sure you inquire about them next time you visit your hairdresser.
Its miraculous power extends to the skin as well. Its anti-aging properties come from the high content of silicon, which stimulates the production of hyaluronan and skin fibres that replenish the skin’s elasticity, speeding the healing of any wounds. As a bonus bamboo containing creames also strengthen the nails. The bamboo extract is vital for skin hydration while its antibacterial and antioxidant properties can refresh the tired skin and improve the blood circulation. Thus, having bamboo in your skincare products will ensure that your skin is protected from free radicals and the harmful environmental damage.Another popular application is the bamboo massage. In China, people use bamboo sticks to release stress and relax the body. The sticks are very gentle to the skin and the massage involves rolling the sticks down the back or using them to create vacuum which resembles the cupping therapy from the Chinese ancient medicine. This improves blood circulation and its very effective against cellulite and feet problems. The massage also improves the metabolism and the detoxification of the body. According to the Chinese, this is the best way to replenish energy, recover the muscles and lose weight. It’s not recommended only for pregnant women.
That’s the brief story of this powerful plant. It seems like having it at home will do you much good, so next time you are out shopping for your hair and skincare products, look for bamboo extracts. Many shops sell the plant itself, so why not growing it at home too – what a privilege to possess the bridge between the sky and the earth?! The symbol of health and longevity?! At least all the evil will stay away from your home:).
With health & balance,